Tom Scalisi


Tom Scalisi is a freelance writer specializing in the home design, construction, tools, and automotive industries. He has been involved in the trades for over 15 years as both a contractor and a commercial building mechanic. Tom has written for several online blogs and magazines including Next Luxury, The Drive, Car Bibles, and PowerTüls. In addition to his professional life, Tom enjoys getting outside on his mountain bike, camping, beekeeping, and fishing. Tom is also an avid racing and baseball fan. He lives in NY’s Hudson Valley with his wife, their three children, and three dogs. Connect with Tom on LinkedIn.

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JUNE 20, 2022 | MONDAY
The Best Home Builders of 2022

Whether someone is a first-time home buyer or customizing the house of their dreams after years of living in pre-build homes, building a new home is an exciting time. But it’s also expens...

JUNE 3, 2022 | FRIDAY
Solved! How Much Wood Is in a Cord of Wood?

Q: I just bought a home with a wood-burning stove, and I want to stock up on wood. I’ve noticed wood is sold by the cord, but I'm new to this. How much is a cord of wood? A: People who do...

JUNE 3, 2022 | FRIDAY
The Ultimate Backyard Camping Guide for Summer

There’s nothing quite like a night under the stars, but busy schedules can make planning a camping getaway to one of the best campgrounds impossible. Many families yearning for the great ...

The Best Pin Nailers of 2022

There are certain situations in finish carpentry and woodworking where a big finish or brad nail just won’t do. These fasteners often act like wedges through thinner pieces of wood, causi...

MAY 31, 2022 | TUESDAY
Plunge Router vs. Fixed-Base Router: What's the Difference?

DIYers and woodworkers (usually) love their tools. But, when two tools—like a plunge router and fixed-base router—appear to serve the same purpose, it can be a struggle to choose the righ...

MAY 31, 2022 | TUESDAY
The Best Basement Lighting of 2022

Shining some light on below-grade spaces can do a lot for your home. Proper lighting increases the usability of your basement, allowing you to expand this storage area while reducing the ...

MAY 31, 2022 | TUESDAY
The Best Invisible Dog Fences of 2023

Installing a traditional fence may help to keep a pup in the yard, but the thought of them circumventing the fence and wandering around the neighborhood may call for more diligent measure...

MAY 27, 2022 | FRIDAY
10 Signs a Tree in Your Yard Needs to Be Removed

There comes a time in every tree’s life cycle where its beauty and splendor runs out and it becomes a liability rather than a beloved landscape feature. Most homeowners, DIYers, and caret...

MAY 26, 2022 | THURSDAY
10 Ways to Reduce Construction Costs for Your Kitchen Renovation

Remodeling a kitchen is one of the most surefire ways to improve both the value of a home and its inhabitants’ quality of life. Although a kitchen renovation offers a relatively healthy r...

MAY 26, 2022 | THURSDAY
The Best Fence Companies of 2022

Installing a fence is hard work. And while it might seem like simply digging holes and pouring concrete, there is actually quite a bit of precision and technique required to make the job ...